F8 of the Furious

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“Fate of the Furious” is the eighth installment in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise (Tenth if you count the short film and Spanish adaptation of the 2009 “Fast and Furious”). “Fast and Furious” has never been a franchise to produce smart immersive films, but instead focus on highly choreographed and complex fight scenes paired with non-stop action that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat.

Overall, the movie is a great thrill ride from the Dominic Toretto turning on his team to a scene where Jason Statham fights droves of enemies killing them all with Dom’s infant child in his arms. “Fate of the Furious” never fails to take it to the next level.

Did you think the Plane taking off an infinitely long runway in “Fast and Furious 6″ was extreme? Well, swap that out for a Giant Russian submarine carrying nukes breaking through the ice fields will shooting torpedoes at Tyrese Gibson in a Lamborghini.

One problem that was present with the plot, besides the obvious chaos and over the top scenarios, was the fact that after Elena Neves (played by, Elsa Pataky) is shot right in the head point blank by Cipher in front of Dom (Played by Vin Diesel) and Elena and Dom’s Son.

That tragedy never even comes up until the last scene where they toast to family and briefly glance over her death. The fact that Dom never seems to truly grieve makes her death seem insignificant.

Even though she is one of the most important characters since she loved Dom and birthed his first son.

Another thing that seemed to disappoint was that the vacancy that Paul Walker left wasn’t quite filled by Scott Eastwood. Eastwood’s performance came off bland , probably due to the writers, and doesn’t bring the same charisma as Paul Walker does. Eastwood just ends up being a bland flat disappointing character who fades helplessly into the background.

All mistakes aside “Fate of the Furious” is great at what it does best gut wrenching, physics defying action. Two of the best and most creative action scenes stand out.  First being when Luke Hobbs (played by Dwayne Johnson)  and Ian Shaw (played by Jason Statham) are locked up in a high security prison when suddenly all the cells are opened and they have to fight their way out.

The appeal of this scene is derived from it fast camera movement, and watching two guys beat the “living crap” out of convicts to escape. The next and arguably most memorable action sequence is when Ian Shaw is rescuing Doms baby from the Cipher (generic bad gal)  jet. The catch is that he has to hold the infant child in his arms as he kills droves of henchman to escape.

Although, this scene would normally be very tense and thrilling the comedic nature created by the nursery rhymes playing and Shaw’s witty one liners makes it a joyful laugh fest.

In the box office there is no doubt to “Fate of the Furious’s” success. The film pulled in 690 million dollars and is on track to reach a billion by April 30. In conclusion, the movie was a great action roller coaster that glanced over a few plot points on the way, but was still great fun to watch “Fate of the Furious” is worth seeing.

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